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IPS Damayanti Sen, who cracked Kolkata rape case, transferred again

Kolkata: A senior woman IPS officer, who had cracked the Park Street rape case and was shunted out, was today shifted for a second time in a year. Damayanti Sen, former Joint Commissioner of Kolkata Police (Crime), who is now working as DIG (Training) at Barrackpore Police Trainning College, has been transferred as DIG, (Darjeeling Range) following a brief reshuffle in the state's IPS cadre today, state secretariat sources said.

Damayanti Sen. IBN Live.

Damayanti Sen. IBN Live.

Besides Sen, four other IPS officers were also transferred, the sources said. During her tenure as the first woman Joint CP (Crime), Kolkata Police, Sen was transferred as DIG (Training) at Barrackpore PTC on April 4 last year after she had solved the Park Street rape of an Anglo-Indian woman, the mother of two, after partying at Park Street on February five.

The victim had claimed that among the persons who were in the car when she was raped at gunpoint and threatened her while she was returning from a night club was a man named Lavi Gidwani.

The police, after investigating, had found that Gidwani was in Canada while two others were elsewhere, which had led Sen to state that there were 'inconsistencies' in the statement of the woman who reported the incident four days after it took place.

Sen, however, perservered with the investigations with the police identifying the real culprits from the CCTV footage from the night club. Sumit Bajaj, Rehman Khan who had masqueraded as Lavi Gidwani and Ruman Khan, were identified and arrested on February 18.

The main accused Kadir Khan absconded and remains un-traced. With Sen being feted in the media, the lady officer, after a meeting with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on February 20 last year, had issued a clarification that the
success in solving the case was a 'entirely a combined effort'.

The Chief Minister had earlier claimed that the incident was a 'fabricated story' intended to malign her government and blamed some TV channels for projecting it.

PTI